The four oral health colleges published a joint guidance document to ensure patients continue to receive safe and timely care during the pandemic. Read the document at the link below:
Expert advice on the clinical aspects of COVID-19 comes from public health and governmental authorities. CDSBC’s role, as the regulator, is to signpost to the current guidance from those higher authorities. The B.C. Ministry of Health, Office of the Provincial Health Officer and BC Centre for Disease Control regularly release new information about COVID-19. Registrants should refer to the below resources on a regular basis:
An evolving list of
FAQ about COVID-19 for Registrants is available
Today the Provincial Health Officer issued an order requiring certain health professionals be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 26, 2021. CDSBC interprets the Order to mean that, in time, all of our registrants will be required to be vaccinated to provide health care or services in BC.You can read the Order at the link below:
HOSPITAL AND COMMUNITY (HEALTH CARE AND OTHER SERVICES) COVID-19 VACCINATION STATUS INFORMATION AND PREVENTIVE MEASURES – OCTOBER 14, 2021 >>
This Order to be vaccinated by October 26 is directed to health care employers (i.e. Regional Health Boards, the Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia Emergency Health Services, Providence Health Care, the Minister of Health, the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, and operators of Provincial Mental Health Facilities), their employees, contractors, subcontractors, and health professionals who work for them.
Section L on page 17 of the Order includes a broad “Notice to Health Professionals," which states:
"TAKE NOTICE that in accordance with further direction from [the Provincial Health Officer (PHO)], health professionals to be determined by [the PHO] and their staff, not otherwise required to be vaccinated under the Residential Care COVID-19 Preventive Measures Order or this Order, will be required to be vaccinated by a date to be determined by [the PHO] in order to provide health care or services in the Province."
We understand that you and your patients will have questions about how the Order applies to the provision of dental care, and we commit to providing more information as soon as it becomes available. To quote from the Order, “the public health and health care systems are currently experiencing severe stress, and are stretched beyond capacity in their efforts to prevent and respond to illness resulting from the transmission of COVID-19 in the population." It goes on to say that “an unvaccinated person who provides health care or services in a hospital or community setting, puts patients, residents, clients, staff, and other persons who provide health care or services at risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2, and constitutes a health hazard under the Public Health Act."
CDSBC stands with the other BC health regulators in supporting the Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the Ministry of Health. Compliance with all applicable PHO orders, directives and recommendations is an expectation of every registrant of CDSBC.
We recognize that the vast majority of registrants are already taking the responsibility to help eliminate COVID-19 in our communities by getting vaccinated yourselves and diligently following COVID-19 prevention practices at work.
Please note that this Order does not apply to:
Updated May 28, 2021
In order to receive your second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, you must register in the provincial booking system. Your first dose of vaccine was recorded in the system, and now you must be attached to your registration profile.
To register, please visit
It is important to go back and register if you received your first dose prior to the rollout of the provincial booking system.
You will be notified by e-mail or text when it's time for you to book an appointment for your second dose. If you experience difficulty booking, please call 1-833-838-2323 (open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) for assistance.
CDSBC has been distributing vaccination invitations from the health authorities to registrants upon request (as we receive them), but is not in charge of the provincial rollout.
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued a public health order expanding the number of health professions who are able to administer a COVID-19 vaccine. Dentists are among the health professionals listed in the order, which also includes dental hygienists, midwives, retired registered nurses, nursing/midwifery students, podiatrists, anesthesia assistants, medical lab technologists/assistants and pharmacy technicians.
CDSBC will provide further information on this as it becomes available.
This order is provided as part of a wider public health initiative that will be overseen by the health authorities. According to the February 23 joint statement from Dr. Henry and Minister Dix, the province is preparing for widespread mass vaccinations, beginning in April: “We are moving forward carefully and thoughtfully to ensure our systems and our health authorities have the tools and resources to take on the significant task ahead."
The order sets out specific requirements, including that the immunization program will be approved by the medical health officer for that geographic area. It sets out both the mandatory training that is required, as well as specific limits for the different health professions. Further details are available in the order.
The order, titled “Regulated and Unregulated Health Professionals SARS-CoV-2 Immunization Order – February 23, 2021," is issued under the Health Professions General Regulation. It does not include health professionals who can normally provide immunization services under their health profession regulations.
Read the order here >>
It is important to note that this order is provided in the context of a mass vaccination program. At this time, we do not have reason to believe vaccinations will take place within private dental offices.
This document is based on the latest available best practice and scientific evidence about this emerging disease and may change as new information becomes available. Edits will be noted in the schedule of changes on the last page of the document.
BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC):Information line: 1-833-784-4397
Public Health Agency of Canada information line:
The World Health Organization published a document titled
Considerations for the provision of essential oral health services. The document speaks to ventilation in oral health care facilities as follows:“Adequate ventilation in oral health care facilities reduces the risk of transmission in closed settings. According to the type of ventilation available (mechanical or natural), increase ventilation and airflow (door closed, adequate exhaust ventilation, negative pressure or mechanically ventilated equivalent air exchange capacity in room where possible - an average of 6-12 air exchanges per hour)